The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the German Nazi regime and its collaborators during the Second World War.
Jews were the primary victims, but Roma, disabled persons, and Poles were also targeted for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
On March 25, 2011, the National Holocaust Monument Act received Royal Assent. The Government of Canada has pledged to establish a National Holocaust Monument, to be located in the National Capital Region, to ensure Holocaust victims and lessons are never forgotten in Canada. As Minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is responsible for overseeing this project.
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, met with Jewish community leaders at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Toronto in July 2011, where he highlighted the importance of a National Holocaust Monument in the National Capital Region.
The 2010 Speech from the Throne affirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting a National Holocaust Monument.
On April 2, 2012, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), announced the members of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council.
On April 23, 2013, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, in collaboration with the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, will host a ceremony to announce the site selected for the National Holocaust Monument.
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